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Gunflint guide’s body recovered

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 4:32am

Divers recovered the body of a longtime Gunflint Lodge fishing guide on Sunday, three days after he was thrown into the waters of an Ontario lake after a boating accident.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, Bruce Kerfoot, co-owner of the lodge said provincial police told him that divers found the body of Dennis Todd, 59, at about 1:30 p.m. in Northern Light Lake in 46 feet of water.

Todd, who had been a guide at Gunflint Lodge for 25 years, had been out fishing on the lake with a new lodge employee on Thursday. The woman told officials that she and Todd were on their way back to the lodge when their boat struck something in the water in Trafalgar Bay. The two were thrown into the water and Todd, who was not wearing a life jacket, did not resurface. The woman, who was wearing a life jacket, was able to swim to an island, signal another angler and then alert authorities.

Northern Light Lake is in Ontario, a short portage from Saganaga Lake near the end of the Gunflint Trail.

A search team using side-scan sonar quickly found Todd’s body Sunday about 50 feet from where the woman thought he went into the water, Kerfoot said. Todd’s body was taken to Thunder Bay for a standard postmortem examination.



"Moving Matters" kickoff this Thursday

Sun, 09/15/2013 - 9:53am

The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais is launching a new project to promote active living in Cook County called "Moving Matters."   There will be an all-day kickoff event on Thursday, September 19 on the lawn in front of the Grand Marais Public Library.  In case of rain, the event will move to the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais.

Moving Matters Kickoff

Thursday, September 19

Grand Marais Public Library

  • 10:00-11:30 -  Fun for Young Children and Families: Bouncy House, Outdoor Story Time, and Zumba for Young Children.
  • 12:30-1:30 -  Jim Oberstar: “Active Living As You Age” talk.
  • 1:30-2:30 -  Bike/Walk Tours: Bring your bike or walking shoes!
  • 3:30-4:30 -  After School Fun: Gaga ball, Blender Bike, and more!
  • 4:30-6:00 -  Food and Music: The Stonebridge Singers Drum Group and Food Fundraiser by the Girl Scouts: quesadillas, fresh fruit/veggies, chips, and brownies.

"Moving Matters" is a 3-year, county-wide project to create safe and accessible walking and biking routes for all ages and abilities throughout Cook County.


Photographs of David DeGree at Cross River Heritage Center

Sat, 09/14/2013 - 11:12pm

 The photographs of Dave DeGree will be featured until the end of the month at the Cross River Heritage Center. DeGree has been a photographer all his life. His favorite subject is northern Minnesota, and particularly the North Shore of Lake Superior. “I especially enjoy photographing those areas adjacent to Lake Superior,” he said. “Big waves, powerful waterfalls and delicate wildflowers are all to be found nearby. It is a great place to view through the camera’s lens.”
DeGree, a retired executive for a St. Paul graphics firm, lives near Little Marais and says that selling photographs is not his goal. “Rather, I wish to raise the awareness of those who come to the North Shore about the spectacular sights that are all around them here,” he said. DeGree has spent more than 40 years photographing North Shore venues.

The Cross River Heritage Center is located near mile marker 79 in Schroeder. Call (218) 663-7706 or see for more information.

Weekend News Roundup for September 14

Sat, 09/14/2013 - 9:02am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. Barrel recovery resumes on Lake Superior, also experts assess the future of the big lake. Land swaps are proposed and the court says no EIS needed for mineral exploration. Duluth has the best drinking water and fall colors watch begins on The Superior National Forest …all in this week’s news.

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Care Partners introduces Senior Rides program

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 8:56am

The Care Partners Senior Rides program is an exciting new resource for seniors in the community. Senior Rides is a volunteer assisted transportation program that fills in the gap for transportation needs not met by Arrowhead Transit or friends and relatives.

“Arrowhead Transit is a great resource in Cook County,” commented Debi LaMusga, the program’s new coordinator. “But there are times when the Duluth schedule doesn’t work for them, or the day gets too long. They may need someone to walk with them to the office or help with grocery bags.”

In addition to medical trips to Duluth or other regional centers, Senior Rides will offer rides within Cook County for medical appointments as well as wellness and social activities for those over 60. “Care Partners is pleased to offer another way to help seniors live independently and safely and another resource for their caregivers,” says Care Partners Program Director Kay Grindland. 

Care Partners is currently recruiting Senior Rides volunteer drivers. Volunteers must have a reliable vehicle and good driving record. Care Partners will reimburse mileage and provide a short training. Providing this one-on-one service can be very rewarding and the schedule is very flexible. Volunteers can choose to provide rides to Duluth, or just around town.

Statewide ATV association to hold fall convention and rides

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 8:54am

The All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) will be holding its 30th annual fall convention the weekend of Sept. 20-22 in at the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) State Recreation Area in Gilbert.  Cook County ATV enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the convention, which is three days packed full of activities for the entire family, such as organized ATV trail rides, meatball and rigatoni buffet served by Valentini’s Supper Club, guided ride from Chisholm to Buhl through retired mining areas, information about new ATV laws and safety trainings, and opportunities for members to discuss ATV-related issues with ATVAM's leadership and government relations staff.

The convention is hosted by Northern Traxx ATV Club based in Chisholm.

George Radke, president of ATVAM, said, "We are thrilled to bring ATV enthusiasts from across the state to the Chisholm/Gilbert area on the Iron Range and enjoy the wonderful trail riding opportunities and the many other activities the local communities offer.  ATVAM encourages all ATV enthusiasts from across the state to join us for ATV riding and many family-fun events.”